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Conveyancing in Rochford Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 25/07/17

Local information:

Prittlewell station is around 2 miles from Rochford. London, Southend Airport is 1 mile from Rochford. London Airport is 2 miles, Clacton Airport is 23 miles and Rochester Airport is 19 miles away.

Southend, Wellesley is a nearby hospital for Rochford.

Q.

Please confirm the cheapest fee for a £695,000 residence? We are looking for a low cost conveyancing quote.

A.

Many firms claim to offer so-called cheap conveyancing quotes, but additional charges are often hiding in the solicitor's terms. Any disbursements should be included on the conveyancing quote Any extra costs listed in terms and conditions ought to be reasonable. We provide quotes, not estimates, and clearly state the fees for a standard conveyancing.

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Is a retention fee a disbursement or a fee?

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Disbursements and fees ought to be clearly identified on a quote. This cost is a fee not a disbursement. It should be included in a conveyancing quote.

Q.

Which local authority looks after Rochford?

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Rochford is located in Basildon Borough Council, The Basildon Centre, St Martin's Square, Basildon, SS14 1DL, Call: 01268 533 333

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How common is gazumping?

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Gazumping is common across England and Wales and happens when a house seller approves the first buyer's offer and then dismisses it, selecting instead another buyer's offer. Though gazumping is uncommon when property prices are falling, there is still a danger. Consider instructing your solicitor as soon as possible to reduce the chance of your offer being gazumped.

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Will I need searches for chancel liability? I am buying a home near a rectory built in the 14th Century in Rochford.

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Property owners neighbouring a local church must subsidise repairs, where chancel repair liability exists. Terms used in a property's name, like 'abbeylands', may indicate chancel liability. A conveyancing solicitor will be able to advise as to whether a chancel search is necessary, and recommend suitable insurance. Rochford churches where a chancel search may be necessary include and Sutton with Shopland and St Michael.

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Is your solicitor team set up to act quickly on residential property auction conveyancing in Rochford?

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The legal team are auction specialists and commonly take instructions from buyers at auction. It is very important for bidders to select a CQS conveyancing firm as ahead of time as possible to allow enough time for a full review of the legal pack prior to the date of the auction. Following the auction day arrives a prepared conveyancing solicitor should be fully prepared to get through the legal side of things in under 4 weeks as required by the terms and conditions of sale.

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How early do you need to find a solicitor to handle our sale?

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Whether you are buying or selling in Rochford, the earlier in the process you can instruct a firm, the better. Some authors advocate holding off instruction until a chain is completed, but doing so will put you at a disadvantage compared to better prepared buyers, or if your buyer decides to pull out due to delays.

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What are property searches?

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Searches are an accepted set of queries requested by the purchaser's property solicitor via local and national authorities. They will not give information on the physical condition of the property.

 
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